It’s one of the best times of the year – Homecoming. Time to spend with family and friends. Seeing alumni come back home, getting to enjoy a whole host of events in the days leading up to the best weekend of all. But we can’t forget what truly completes Spirit Week and Homecoming every year – football! Plus, the recent Bear Bites food truck made its Homecoming debut last year, and will be back again for all your snacking needs as you watch and cheer on your fellow Bears.
Let’s look at the past few Homecoming games and see how BSU has done. Last year, the Bears had a dominant and powerful showing during Homecoming. They took on their conference opponent, Westfield State, and started out quiet with a scoreless first quarter while the Owls took the lead with a touchdown. They quickly got things rolling in the second, scoring 20 in that quarter, taking the lead, and never looking back. The Bears won the 2021 Homecoming game 47-14.
Despite the fact that the last Homecoming game had been held two years prior in 2019, as there was no 2020 season with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bears were still able to pull off a sweeping victory.
In 2019, they faced another MASCAC rival in the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs. Once again, the Bears came out champions with another Homecoming win. Bridgewater State Football was even more explosive in 2019 than in 2021, putting up 27 points in the first quarter alone. The final score of 56-20 left the Corsairs on a sad bus ride back to Dartmouth.
That was the second consecutive year the Bears won handily over UMass. The last time that BSU lost a Homecoming game was in 2017, when the team fell 27-20 to Western Connecticut State University in an already losing season for Bridgewater.
Under Head Coach Joe Verria (HC since 2016), the team has only lost one Homecoming game. In that 2017 loss, the team had only two wins through the first seven weeks of the season. Surprisingly, Homecoming is happening very early this academic year, meaning that the Bears will have only played four games by October 1st. It’ll be interesting to see if the Bears can extend this streak of Homecoming victories as they take on Fitchburg State this year.
BSU football is currently 0-3 on the season but may be able to make it 1-3 with a win over Western Connecticut State this Saturday. However, with the Bears having won no games during the first three weeks of this season, a Homecoming loss may be on the horizon for our team.
Either way, be sure to bring your friends and family out to Swenson Field to cheer on our players! Kickoff will be Saturday, October 1 at 4:00pm. There will be numerous exciting activities throughout the day, with (hopefully) a Bears win to round off the evening!
If you aren’t able to make it out, that’s alright too! You can tune in on our own live stream by going to https://www.bsubears.com/sports/fball/2022-23/schedule.